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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Don't wait until Sunday...

... to take this one out for a spin.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-06.sbd.remaster.102750.flac16

I spotted this sweet remaster of a deservedly well-loved show in the TJI box earlier today and I've just come out of a very enjoyable three-hour listening session. It's rare for me to sit down to a whole show these days but this one sucked me right in and I loved just about every minute of it. On no account miss the rare and beautiful China/Rider transition in the first set.

The second set, I would reckon, is up there with the best work the Grateful Dead ever produced. When Keats wrote:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;

he might well have timewarped into the Cleveland Public Hall to listen to Garcia's guitar playing in the epic and lovely Here Comes Sunshine - 15 minutes long and you'll be wondering why it finished so soon.

A long spacey Dark Star that seems to drift in from somewhere beyond the reach of the Hubble telescope is another highlight, pulsing and beaming like stars being born in an intergalactic dustcloud. The jam out of Eyes is well worth a relisten too - there just seems to be so much going on in there. Anyone else's ears detect pre-echoes of Slipknot! bouncing in from the future?

If there's a downside it's maybe Bob getting all overwrought and over the top on Sugar Mags - bail before the encore if you want to beat the traffic home.

Here's the setlist if you want it:

Set 1

Bertha, Mexicali Blues, Loser, Black Throated Wind, They Love Each Other, Beat It On Down The Line, Deal, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Around And Around

Set 2

Ramble On Rose, Me And My Uncle, Here Comes Sunshine, Big River, Dark Star-> Eyes Of The World> Stella Blue, Sugar Magnolia


This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2009-12-02 19:30:57

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 3, 2009 5:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Yep saw those two remastered '73s yesterday but didn't have the time to give them a listen. Now that you have listened to one, i have a question for you. You have commented (read: complained albeit pithily) a few times about have having multiple versions of shows archived here and not knowing the difference between them or which one is best. So whaddya think? Big improvement or incremental change? Inquiring minds want to know........

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 3, 2009 5:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Yikes! Carpetted by the professor!

To be honest I didn't listen to it in order to make comparisons with alternative versions - I just saw it sitting there temptingly in the TJI box, hit the VBR link and three hours later I was a pretty happy fellow. Anyway, there is only one other complete version (and a couple of partials) so we're not overburdened with choice on this one. At sir's request, I did a quick sample of both the completes, and yes I think the new addition is an improvement - certainly seems clearer and brighter to my ears at least.

Can I go now?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 3, 2009 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Excellent. You are dismissed, but not before I break out my smiley face rubber stamp for the top of your paper. Mommy will be proud.

Seriously, I don't think I primarily listen to a new transfer for that reason either, however when they do pop up it is nice to have a little comparison for future reference.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 3, 2009 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

This Dark Star has instantly become one of my favorites! I've listened to it before but was never really struck with by its magic.

The beginning jam is one of the best examples that I have heard that showcase just how much creativity Keith brought to the band.

Around 18 minutes, Phil initiates ignition of the engines and we are pulsated to another dimension. Phil's solo at the 28 minute mark is STUNNING! We dissolve into the ethers and then Jerry takes us home. Wow.

Listening for the second time through in a row, right now!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

"he second set, I would reckon, is up there with the best work the Grateful Dead ever produced."

I wouldnt write off that first set too fast, the China/Rider transition that night in Cleveland, though rather mellow, might be among the best ever?

Agree on the second set, but that 43 minute Dark Star does require a little patience...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

You're right - I should have taken the time to say more about the first set and that finely crafted China/Rider transition in particular. Just playing it again now and you are right on the money, Mr H., astonishingly controlled and beautiful playing.

I do like the Dark Star, though - not much in the way of fireworks, more drifting and dreaming really and sometimes hard to bring into focus, but a bewilderingly lovely thing all the same.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Hey! Thats quite a write up! I have to tell you that the comments of CLIFF hit the nail on the head for me for 72-73 DS...don't mean to come in this beautiful thread spreading negativity, but "patience" is the key for me as to my own, very idiosyncratic "difficulty" with these post early era DSs...

Thanks for your patience with me!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Thought I'd bump this one over the detritus by Prime Ministerial request, if for no other reason that it shows Cliff and I having a good exchange about (of all things) the music.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 2, 2009 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Agreed. First set is also top-notch. Check out TLEO, Jimmy and GSET too. This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Always hard to identify the "best" version of anything, but this Here Comes Sunshine really is a cut above and China>Rider is as good as it gets.

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 2, 2009 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

I second (or third) that China/Rider appreciation - I love the December '73 and February '74 versions of this pairing.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Stage Banter

Before HCS..

Bob: We’re fortunate tonight to have with us tonight a recruiting station for the Venutian Red Cross. It’s the gentleman over here with the big red blinking eye. If you’d just like to wander on over there and sign up...

Jerry: The who?

Bob: The Venutian Red Cross.

Jerrry: The [i]Venutian[/i] Red Cross. Is that what that means.

...

Bob: Donna Godchaux’s not with us tonight. She’s home getting big and round.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Patience, in that it is over 43 minutes long, however I agree that it contains some rather brilliant passages, not in small part due to what Keith was contributing during 1973. The pre-verse exploration is breathtaking, and again towards the end where Jer steers the band into Eye's, it's magical. I know you dont appreciate the quantitative analysis, but it might be a top ten Dark Star...

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=226247

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

What is this strange feeling of brotherhood suffusing me? What alien force has me in its evil grasp? Aaaahhhhhh!!! My mind! My MIIIIINNNNDDDD!!!

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Poster: DianaW Date: Dec 3, 2009 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

although I've gotten the idea bumping threads may be frowned one . . . I'm going to anyway to say this is just such a lovely sound. It's hard to work with something so amazing playing ... I guess I'll have to pretend I'm working.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 3, 2009 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

The thread can only get bumped to the top if the person who initiates the thread edits their initial post. For some reason it becomes a "new" post and ends up a the top. It is only frowned upon when very long threads are dragged back to the top knocking down more recently posted material. It is not terribly fair to those threads and it is why in part i tend to monitor activity via RSS. Responses to threads only show up at the top of the RSS feed.

I agree btw, I am just about finished the first set and really enjoying it. I haven't listened to this show in a while so I can't say that it sounds that different than the earlier transfers, however the sound is really nice.

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Poster: DianaW Date: Dec 3, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

Oh, I see, thanks.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

As this is what is streaming to the office right now, it is thus proven that grate minds think alike.

You should be afraid.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 2, 2009 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

We'll have none of your goat-staring black arts around here, thank you very much, Mr Mando.

Great show though, huh?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 2, 2009 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Don't wait until Sunday...

I bet if it was sheep staring you would be singing a different tune huh?

It is a superb show. I finished 12/6 and moved on to the 12/12 Omni show.